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Helene Lange Gymnasium

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Head of school  Angelika Blütener
Number of students  ~ 930
Phone  +49 40 4289810
Faculty  ~ 75
Founded  1910
Address  Bogenstraße 32, 20144 Hamburg, Germany

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The Helene-Lange-Gymnasium is a bilingual secondary school in Hamburg, Germany. It was created in 1910 as a girls' school, and has been accessible to boys since 1969. It was the first bilingual school in Hamburg.


It maintains sponsorships with schools in Dar es Salaam, Havana, Chicago, and London.

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The building which today houses the Helene-Lange-Gymnasium was built between 1908-1910 by the architect Albert Erbe, and officially opened on January 4, 1910.


The school lies in the south-west of the Hamburg quarter Harvestehude on the border to Eimsbüttel.

Early history

The school has had a long history of renaming. The Hamburg senate gave the school the name "Staatliche höhere Mädchenschule an der Hansastraße" (National girls' higher school on Hansa street). By 1926, the school was renamed from "Lyzeum mit Studienanstalt an der Hansastraße" to "Mädchen-Oberrealschule an der Hansastraße." The change in name from Lyzeum to Oberrealschule created an opportunity to name the school after Helene Lange, a prominent pedagogue and feminist. It was in 1926 that the school was finally given the name "Helene-Lange-Oberrealschule", in small part because only a tenth of the school's periphery was on Hansa street.

Nazi era

300 Jewish pupils passed through the school between 1910 and 1933. In 1935 — the school's 25th anniversary — the school's name was again renamed to "Hansa-Oberrealschule"; the headmaster had believed the school's inclusive nature ("Völkerversöhnung") was a detriment to German nationality and to the preferment of the Jewish element within the school. On the 25th anniversary, he said the school was imbued with a "new spirit", noting that nearly a fifth of the girls were members of the BDM. There began a decline in Jewish students. By 1939, there were no pupils of the Jewish faith.


Today, the school has about 930 students from 46 nations.


The languages of instruction are German and English. The Helene-Lange-Gymnasium was the first bilingual school in Hamburg as well as one of Germany's first UNESCO project schools. Since 2003 Helene-Lange-Gymnasium offers the International Baccalaureate additionally to the Hamburg Abitur. The IB students have scored an average of 34 points so far.

Notable alumni

  • Jan Delay, singer
  • Leonamor, music group
  • References

    Helene-Lange-Gymnasium Wikipedia

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